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What is Hypertension in pregnancy?

16:36 - 27 April , 2021


It refers to high blood pressure during pregnancy, which usually occurs during the second half thereof and usually disappears after the baby is born. 

Types of high blood pressure

  • Gestational hypertension: when the woman has high blood pressure after 20 weeks of pregnancy. 
  • Chronic hypertension:  women with high blood pressure before pregnancy or before 20 weeks thereof. 
  • Chronic hypertension with superimposed pre-eclampsia: Women with chronic hypertension before pregnancy who have protein in their urine or other conditions during pregnancy related to blood pressure.
  • Pre-eclampsia: it is when hypertension occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy and there is damage to the kidneys, liver, blood, or brain. 

Signs and symptoms Hypertension in pregnancy

  • Persistent headache.
  • Pain in the abdomen.
  • Edema.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Urinate less than normal. 
  • Blurred or double vision.

How to prevent it

Early diagnosis and treatment help reduce the risk of complications. This is why it is important that you attend your prenatal check-ups, take the medications that your doctor indicates to control blood pressure, and maintain a healthy life, in addition to being properly nourished.

Diagnosis and treatment Hypertension in pregnancy

The necessary studies will be requested to verify your baby’s health, which may consist of a continuous monitoring of your blood pressure and counting your baby’s movements and kicks, in addition to a nonstress test, biophysical profile, Doppler studies, laboratory tests, and medications. 

Potential risks:

If not treated in time, this condition can cause decreased blood circulation in your liver, kidneys, uterus, and placenta, causing:

  • Placental abruption.
  • Poor fetal growth.
  • Seizures (eclampsia).
  • Death of mother and baby.

At ABC Medical Center we have a team of experts in the various branches of gynecology ready to serve you with world-class quality and safety standards, as well as the humane treatment and warmth that characterizes us. Come to us and you will receive the best care available in Mexico and Latin America.

We are pioneers in gynecologic laparoscopy, which allows us to offer you the best treatment options, with shorter hospitalization times, as well as a faster and less painful recovery, taking care of the aesthetic aspect with smaller scars than open surgeries. We offer you robot-assisted gynecologic surgeries, being an even less invasive and more precise procedure that provides benefits such as:

20% of the total robot surgeries of ABC Medical Center correspond to this specialty, which places us as a cutting-edge institution with vast experience and leadership in the field for the benefit of our patients.


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